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Eastern Counties were the beneficiary of 28 extra VRs in 1981, rather than just the ten from United Counties.
The final batch to arrive at Cambus should have been VR271-
These VRs were originally destined to be VVV 968W -
As for VR968-
The three National Holidays VRs initially went to Norwich (297), Cambridge (298) and Bury St Edmunds (299) though the latter migrated to Peterborough a few weeks later.
After the formation of NBC Cambus to take over the Cambridgeshire operations of ECOC, VR298 was painted into a cream and two-
After sale, 751 passed via a dealer to Tim’s Travel of Sheerness, where she was later sold in 2000 to a dealer and then the Bristol VR Enthusiasts Society. This preservation attempt didn’t last and 751 passed to Chepstow Classic Buses in 2003, and then sold again in 2004 to Chelveston Preservation Society who, in 2009 swapped 751 with Plum Park Farm for a Bristol Lodekka. From 2009, 751 was used around the farm to act as a control and judging tower for Horse Trials and shows. In November 2020, we at Eastern Bus Enthusiasts contacted the farm and agreed a purchase.
We intend to restore 751 into its deregulation Cambus livery, identical to that which it still carries today.
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